snorkel

noun
snor·​kel | \ ˈsnȯr-kəl \

Definition of snorkel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a plastic breathing tube used for swimming near the surface with the head underwater He swam about 250 yards on the surface, using a snorkel to breathe, to get past the barren sandy bottom.— Brian Clark No complicated equipment—just a mask, snorkel, and fins, and you're set to explore a shimmering world of exotic fish and Technicolor coral.— Richard Alleman
2 : a tube housing air intake and exhaust pipes for a vehicle's engine that can be extended above the water's surface so that the engine can be operated while the vehicle is partially or fully submerged Water entered the snorkel of an Argentine submarine and caused one of its batteries to short circuit before the vessel went missing this month, a navy spokesman said Monday.Chicago Tribune Most need to be specially modified … with extra ground clearance to get over big rocks, an exhaust snorkel for river crossings, industrial-strength suspension, and an engine with enough torque to power through mud and sand.— Jerry Guo

snorkel

verb
snorkeled; snorkeling\ ˈsnȯr-​k(ə-​)liŋ \

Definition of snorkel (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to operate or swim submerged using a snorkel

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Other Words from snorkel

Verb

snorkeler \ ˈsnȯr-​k(ə-​)lər \ noun

Examples of snorkel in a Sentence

Verb

We snorkeled in the Caribbean on our vacation last year.

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As USNI News recounts, the captain of the San Juan sent a satellite phone message to his headquarters stating water had entered the ship through the snorkel and started a battery fire. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Drones Are Looking for the Lost Sub That Disappeared One Year Ago," 16 Nov. 2018 Take your pick of learning to surf or standup paddleboard, taking a sail on a catamaran, or cruising on a snorkel tour. The Seattle Times, "Winter getaway: Stay and play in Kaanapali, Maui," 15 Aug. 2018 Yet the administration largely has overlooked that Iraq is the snorkel through which Iran breathes under sanctions. Kenneth M. Pollack, WSJ, "Iraq Gets a Government—and It Was Worth the Wait," 5 Oct. 2018 Some people are blaming a popular type of snorkel mask for drowning deaths in Hawaii. Elana Glowatz, Newsweek, "Snorkeling Mask Causes Stir in Wake of Drowning Deaths, Carbon Dioxide Buildup a Possible Culprit," 14 Mar. 2018 There are baseball gloves, snorkels and boogie boards; there are sand shovels, Frisbees and a tennis racket or four. Jason Gay, WSJ, "A Fish-Crazy Boy and a Clueless Dad Find a Family Legacy," 5 July 2018 Though volcanic, the lushly forested St. Lucia has golden sands on glorious beaches like Anse Cochon and Marigot Bay; cool off with a snorkel in the shallow waters near Anse Piton beach, where the reef teems with trumpetfish and eel. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Places to Visit in July," 15 June 2018 After graduating from a specialized unit in boot camp, recruits undergo a nine-week preparatory course that exposes them to the rigors of their career fields, everything from underwater swimming and mask and snorkel recovery to 5-mile runs. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, "AF recruiting squadron to seek — and keep — toughest airmen," 30 June 2018 Not just for kids Forget the arm floaties and inner tubes from summer camp. Experimenting with tools like pull buoys, paddles, kickboards, fins, and snorkels can be really beneficial for your overall performance. Emily Abbate, GQ, "Watch Ryan Gosling Go Swimming in his Ralph Lauren Suit," 26 June 2018

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And snorkeling or scuba diving reveals all sorts of life that reacts to you with near indifference. James Gorman, New York Times, "The Ruthless Phronima, and Other Hidden Wonders of the Sea," 22 Mar. 2018 Action junkies will also want to snorkel around the shipwrecks off Elbow Beach, and hit Bermuda's 22+ miles of bike trails. Condé Nast Traveler, "12 Zika-Free Destinations to Travel to This Year," 15 Oct. 2018 This includes: kayaks, Zodiacs and glass-bottom boats; scuba and snorkeling gear; video cameras for recording encounters with whale sharks; and hydrophones for listening to whales. Mark Childress, WSJ, "The Debate Over Cruise Vacations: Wonderful or Torturous?," 14 Aug. 2018 Although the Cadys covered their own travel costs to Belize City, the resort developers paid for almost everything else: transport to the island, cocktails and meals, massages, snorkeling, paddleboarding and boat excursions. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "Shopping for a Luxury Home? Now You Can Try Before You Buy," 2 Aug. 2018 The 29-year-old Swedish swimwear designer spent her childhood visiting St. Barth’s and snorkeling off of its crystal clear coastline with her family. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "This Elsa Hosk–Approved Swimwear Line Is Made From Recycled Fishing Nets," 8 June 2018 The Maldives Lindsey WallaceLinara TravelHe knows which resorts have the best service and which offer the quickest access to snorkeling in the United Nations–protected Hanifaru Bay. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018 Weeks earlier, newlyweds Brandon and Megan Schumacher had been on their honeymoon, snorkeling in the area, when Brandon lost the band. Maria Carter, Woman's Day, "Newlyweds Get Lost Wedding Ring Back Thanks to What Was Inscribed Inside," 1 Aug. 2016 Just in time for snorkeling season: Lawmakers in Hawaii passed a bill on Tuesday to prohibit the sale of sunscreens with chemicals that are harmful to coral reefs. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Interior agency blocks group of archaeologists from attending scientific conference," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of snorkel

Noun

1945, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for snorkel

Noun

German Schnorchel

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snoring disease

snork

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snort

snorter

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snorkel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of snorkel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a special tube that makes it possible to breathe while you are swimming with your head underwater

snorkel

verb

English Language Learners Definition of snorkel (Entry 2 of 2)

: to swim underwater while using a snorkel

snorkel

noun
snor·​kel | \ ˈsnȯr-kəl \

Kids Definition of snorkel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a tube used by swimmers for breathing with the head underwater

snorkel

verb
snorkeled; snorkeling

Kids Definition of snorkel (Entry 2 of 2)

: to swim underwater using a tube for breathing

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